Mark was born in Stoke on Trent in 1968. At the age of 14 he took his first landscape photograph in Llandudno North Wales on his mum's Agfa 126 camera. He didn't realise at the time just what effect this would have in the future.
 
 
Taking photographs in the family was reserved for special occasions; birthdays, Christmas; holidays. Mark was usually the subject rather than the photographer. This was all about to change. Having taken the 'snap' of 'West shore', it was only when the prints came back from the chemist that he realised that he had seen pictures as good as his in magazines. The bug had bitten him. He now needed his own camera. A 110-cartridge camera was to be the next Christmas present. This was a real learning curve, as he had never been shown anything about how to take a photograph. By the next year the 110 had gone to be replaced with a Zenit 11 body, 50mm, 135mm and a manual flash gun. Now things were getting really technical; shutter speeds, apertures, film speeds etc, this was a great time of experimentation.
     

Having left school with 'O' levels in practical subjects, Mark went on to train as an engineer. A career he had chosen a long time before photography had made its appearance. That said, his love of photography was steadily growing and at 17 years of age he joined Queensbury camera class where he met the class lecturer Mike Salt who would turn out to be a great friend and source of inspiration. Soon after joining the class, the Zenith was out grown and replaced with a Ricoh KR10 super. A year later and Mike asked Mark to become his assistant at the class. This was a golden opportunity for some real experience and he remained Mike's assistant for several years until he took his own class at Stoke on Trent College teaching City & Guilds Photography as a part time lecturer.

Having finished his apprenticeship in engineering, Mark was lured away to work in a darkroom for a local ceramic transfer printing company. Again this was valuable experience, but not photography, as Mark knew it. The job was as a reprographic camera operator, which combined the precision of engineering with the knowledge of darkroom processes. After two redundancies, it was time to head back to engineering to where now he is a design engineer for a company that manufacture livestock handling equipment.

Married with two children, photography has to fit in around family life, but it is never very far from his thoughts. Now shooting RAW files on a Nikon D300 the need for isolation in a 'darkroom' has been replaced by the need for isolation in a 'darkened- room' infront of a pc. Because of his limited time spent shooting, he puts more time into planning the next outing.

His new interest is not only shooting infra-red photographs on his purpose converted Nikon D200, but also converting Nikon camers himself.